|Cole on a roll (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
The Bucs are swingin' free with two outs; J-Hay copied Jordy, getting a 2-1 cutter down the middle and turning it into a souvenir to make it 4-1 in the fifth. It was three grounders, three outs for the Cards. Freeser opened the sixth with a walk and went to third an out later on Cutch's rap, scoring on Jordy's tapper. Stew was walked intentionally and Gerrit unintentionally to load 'em up, bringing in John Brebbia from the pen. He got ahead of Fraze 0-2, then plunked him for a cheap if painful RBI. Next J-Hay got smacked in the hip with a toss to keep the circle unbroken before the music stopped with the score 7-1 good guys. A Redbird knock opened the inning; an around-the-horn DP cleaned it up. Then a little drama broke out when Cole threw behind Jose Martinez, who posed and pouted. Joey then got a broken-bat knock, chirped at Gerrit and got barked at by Freeser in return. A swinging K dropped the curtain.
The Bucs went quietly in the seventh. Jhan Marinez took over for Gerrit, who was at 99 pitches, and tucked St. Louis away handily. Sam Tuivailala toed the slab in the eighth and served a quick frame. Tony Watson got the call and gave up a first-pitch single, then settled in to finish the frame without any further ado. The Pirates made no noise in the ninth and Wade LeBlanc climbed the slope and walked the first Redbird, sheesh. That was followed by a double, but a challenge changed it to a single and out; Paul DeJong overslid the bag and J-Hay held the tag. A two-out walk kept the Cards batting; the runner trotted to second via defensive indifference. Clint must really have no confidence in the pen (and who can blame him) as Felipe Rivero began loosening up. Stephen Piscotty hit a soft lob into center to make it 7-3, but thank you Lord, a pop out ended it.
|Cutch is generating offense from the back end of the order (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Nice to have a runaway where you can fly a couple of struggling guys under the radar, but geez. Jhan continues to be a boss while Wade couldn't throw a strike and Tony had a mixed bag; everything was up but his sinker velo jumped a couple of ticks to his normal 94-95. Still, a very nice win as Cole Train keeps rollin', long balls keep flyin' and the scoreboard lit up after a couple of down days. The Bucs have cinched the series; a sweep would be sweet after the face plant in the last two games at Milwaukee.
- J-Hay and Cutch had two hits; Josh scored twice and chased home a pair while Andrew plated twice. Jordy had a homer and three RBI
- This was the first time the Bucs have managed to hit more than one homer (Jordy, J-Hay) in a game against Lance Lynn; this was his 21st outing against Pittsburgh.
- Wade LeBlanc has given up runs in 6-of-8 outings; four times, he's surrendered multiple tallies.